Roman Catholic Diocese of Angers

Coordinates: 47°28′N 0°34′W / 47.47°N 0.56°W / 47.47; -0.56
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Diocese of Angers

Dioecesis Andegavensis

Diocèse d'Angers
Ecclesiastical provinceRennes
MetropolitanArchdiocese of Rennes, Dol, and Saint-Malo
Area7,166 km2 (2,767 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
566,000 (72.3%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralCathedral of St. Maurice in Angers
Patron saintSaint Maurice
Current leadership
BishopEmmanuel Delmas
Metropolitan ArchbishopPierre d'Ornellas
Website of the Diocese

The Diocese of Angers (Latin: Dioecesis Andegavensis; French: Diocèse d'Angers) is a Latin Church diocese of the Catholic Church in France. The episcopal see is located in Angers Cathedral in the city of Angers. The diocese extends over the entire department of Maine-et-Loire.

It was a suffragan see of the Archdiocese of Tours under the old regime as well as under the Concordat. Currently, the diocese is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Rennes, Dol, and Saint-Malo.


The first Bishop known in history is Defensor, who, when present in 372, at the election of the Bishop of Tours, made a determined stand against the nomination of Martin of Tours. The legend concerning the earlier episcopate of a certain Auxilius, is connected with the cycle of legends that centre about Firmin of Amiens and is contradicted by Angevin tradition from before the thirteenth century.

Among the illustrious names of the Diocese of Angers during the first centuries of its existence are those of Maurilius, disciple of Martin, and at an earlier period hermit of Chalonnes, who made a vigorous stand against idolatry, and died in 427; Thalassius, consecrated bishop in 453, who has left a compendium of canon law, consisting of the decisions of the councils of the province of Tours; Albinus (sixth century); Licinius, former Count of Anjou, and bishop during the early part of the seventh century.

As for the tradition that Renatus, who had been raised from the dead by Maurilius, was Bishop of Angers for some time shortly before 450, it bases its claims to credibility on a late life of Maurilius written in 905 by the deacon Archinald, and circulated under the name of Gregory of Tours, and it seems to have no real foundation.

Among the Bishops of Angers in modern times were:

Angers Cathedral, a majestic structure without side aisles, dedicated to Maurice, dates from the twelfth century and exhibits the characteristic type of Angevin or Plantagenet architecture. During the Middle Ages Angers was a flourishing monastic city with six great monasteries: the Abbey of St. Aubin founded by King Childebert I; the Abbey of St. Serge by Clovis II; those of St. Julien, St. Nicholas and Ronceray, founded by Count Foulques Nerra, and All Saints' Abbey, an admirable structure of the twelfth century. In 1219 Pope Callixtus II went in person to Angers to assist at the second consecration of the church attached to Ronceray Abbey. The Diocese of Angers includes Fontevrault, an abbey founded at the close of the eleventh century by Robert d'Arbrissel but which did not survive the Revolution. The ruins of St. Maur perpetuate the memory of the great Benedictine abbey of that name.

In 1244, a university was founded at Angers for the teaching of canon and civil law. In 1432 faculties of theology, medicine and art were added. This university was divided into six "nations," and survived up to the time of the Revolution. In consequence of the law of 1875 giving liberty in the matter of higher education, Angers again became the seat of a Catholic university. The Congregation of the Good Shepherd (Bon Pasteur), which has houses in all parts of the world, has its mother-house at Angers by virtue of a papal brief of 1835. Berengarius, the heresiarch condemned for his doctrines on the Holy Eucharist, was Archdeacon of Angers about 1039, and for some time found a protector in the person of Eusebius Bruno, Bishop of Angers. Bernier, who played a great role in the wars of La Vendée and in the negotiations that led to the Concordat, was curé of St. Laud in Angers.


To 1000[edit]

  • Defensor (around 372)
  • Maurilius (423–453)
  • Thalasse (or Thalaise) (453–462)
  • Andulphe (−529)
  • Aubin (Albinus) (529–550)
  • Audovée (581–592)
  • Lezin (592–610)
  • Mainboeuf (610–660)
  • Dodon (837–880)
  • Rainon (881–906)[1]
  • Rothard (910)
  • Renaud I (920)
  • Hervé (929–942)
  • Aimon (943–966)?
  • Nefingus (966–973)
  • Renaud II. (973–1006)

1000 to 1300[edit]

  • Hubert of Vendôme (1006–1047)
  • Eusebius Bruno (1047–1081)
  • Gottfried of Tours (1081–1093)
  • Gottfried of Mayenne (1093–1101)
  • Renaud de Martigné (1102–1125)
  • Ulger (1125–1148)
  • Normand de Doué (1148–1153)
  • Mathieu de Loudun (1156–1162)
  • Geoffroy La Mouche (1162–1177)
  • Raoul I. de Beaumont (1177–1197)
  • Guillaume I. de Chemillé (1197–1202)
  • Guillaume II. de Beaumont (1203–1240)
  • Michel I. Villoiseau (1240–1260)
  • Nicolas Gellent (1260–1291)
  • Guillaume III. Le Maire (1291–1317)

1300 to 1500[edit]

  • Hugues Odard (1317–1323)
  • Foulques de Mathefelon (1324–1355)
  • Raoul II. de Machecoul (1356–1358)
  • Guillaume IV. Turpin de Cressé (1358–1371)
  • Milon de Dormans (1371–1373)
  • Hardouin de Bueil (1374–1439)
  • Jean I. Michel (1439–1447)
  • Jean II. de Beauveau (1447–1467)
  • Jean de La Balue (1467–1476)
  • Jean II de Beauveau (1476–1479) (administrator)
  • Auger de Brie (1479–1480) (administrator)
  • Jean de La Balue (1480–1491)
  • Jean IV. de Rély (1491–1499)
  • François de Rohan (1499–1532)

1500 to 1800[edit]

From 1800[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Adriaan H. Bredero (1994). Christendom and Christianity in the Middle Ages. Retrieved 2020-12-27.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGoyau, Pierre-Louis-Théophile-Georges (1907). "Diocese of Angers". In Herbermann, Charles (ed.). Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 1. New York: Robert Appleton Company.


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